Con-soul Searching: What’s Old Is Stacking Up Behind Me
I give up. I’m never going to catch up with the list of games I want to play. It’s never going to happen. Not if they keep making more awesome games. That doesn’t mean I want them to stop by the way. Assassin’s Creed 3 was just announced and I still haven’t played Assassin’s Creed 2 yet. Not Revelations, not Brotherhood, but Assassin’s Creed 2; the one after the first one. I’m three games behind! And yet I am only one number behind… how’s that work?
Most people refer to their backlog of games as a “pile of shame” but I can’t even say that since I don’t even own most of the games I want to play. On one hand it’s better that I haven’t bought a bunch of game and never played them but one the other hand I am not supporting the games I like. What’s a guy to do? If only I didn’t have to pay for silly things like food, a house and electricity. I guess I will have to call it my “list of shame.”
Just a few of the games on my list are Uncharted 3… and Uncharted 2 (sigh), Donkey Kong Country Returns, Dead Rising 2 (plus Off The Record and Case West) and Mario Galaxy 2. I consider those recent games but as you can see, most are over a year old at this point. Now you may be asking where I have been for the last few years too miss all these games. There is an easy answer to that. I don’t care what anybody else says, the economy is still in the dumper and I have been (like many) struggling to get by. When money is tight, cuts have to be made and video games are the first to go.
As if I don’t have a list long enough, I have had the urge to play some old SNES JRPGs; namely EarthBound and Chrono Trigger. I never had a Super during its golden age and what time I did have was spent playing Donkey Kong Country, Mortal Kombat II and Killer Instinct. I kind of feel like I missed the JRPG boat back then. Until I dove into Persona 3 and 4, my JPRG resume was composed of watching friends play FF VII and Tactics. That’s two generations after things really started rolling. The weird thing I find is how hard it is to go back and play old games. It’s not a problem of retired game mechanics or dated graphics, it’s just finding the time. I try to keep up on the current games coming out but it’s hard to do that while dropping 30 hours into a JRPG from the 90s.
Let’s go back even further. Kid Icarus: Uprising comes out if a few days. Now I don’t have a 3DS yet which oddly is kind of a good thing. I want to go back and play the first two Kid Icarus games again before I play Uprising. I haven’t beat the NES game since I was six (not from lack of trying mind you) and I have never beat the Game Boy one. Weird considering Pit is one of my favorite characters. But that’s why I want to really play those games again. I want to see if I actually enjoy them or if my love for the characters and franchise are based on nostalgia.
I’m going to add another layer to my list. I have been working my way backwards through the Persona series and I am currently on P2I with two more to go after that. Also, I am sick of being the only person in the world that has never played a Zelda game to completion so I would like to get a few of those under my belt; preferably the whole series. I must be crazy right? That’s like 800 hours of play time! I don’t have time for that. That’s the equivalent of working a part-time job for a year.
Gads! I just remembered I haven’t played Arkham City or Arkham Asylum. What am I doing with my life? I don’t have enough money, I don’t have enough time and I don’t have… uhh… a pony. I really do love video games but sometimes I wonder if I like owning them more than I do playing them. I will admit, I own several games I have never played. If I just started playing through the games I own now, I wonder how long I could go before I finished them all. Probably years. So why do I feel this constant need to be playing the latest releases? Am I a slave to the marketing machine? I don’t think so as I don’t watch TV and I do a pretty good job of cutting myself off from the outside world. Perhaps it’s an American mentality to always want the newest and latest thing; or maybe it’s human nature. As long as I can find the time and money to play Persona 4: Arena I don’t really care about human nature or anything else. Huh, how ironic.